Students in the News

Georgina Adatsi, a sophomore in global studies from Lansing, Michigan, is a recipient of the Diana B. Younger Undergraduate Education Scholarship. She is a volunteer coordinator for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, volunteer at Carle Foundation Hospital and has a part-time job where she assists people with disabilities.

She is currently working on a water sanitation project that will provide access to clean water for a community of 2,000 in Ghana.

“A future career goal of mine is to become a clinical epidemiologist,” she said, before the crowd of more than 200 people. “The scholarship that I have received has alleviated me of a financial burden and given me more room to do what I like doing best — making a change in developing nations.”

Adatsi’s parents are from Ghana and Tanzania, two countries facing challenges related to a lack of access to healthcare. She said her exposure to impoverished regions drove her to want to reduce maternal mortality rates in developing regions and increase access to healthcare.

“My professors not only care about my academic life, but they also look at my life holistically to make sure I am where I want to be,” she said. “LAS has provided me with so many opportunities that will help me in the next chapter of my life.”

Read the entire article here: https://las.illinois.edu/news/2019-11-13/students-and-donors-honored-las-scholarship-celebration

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student Salvador Medina, a sophomore majoring in Global Studies and Russian, has been selected as a 2019 Cargill Global Scholar. He is one of three UIUC students to be selected for the program this year.

The prestigious Cargill Global Scholars Program, a distinctive international scholarship program that began in 2013, offers a scholarship award of $2,500 per year for up to two years.

In addition to scholarship funding, Medina joined the nine other scholars selected for the program’s seventh cohort in the U.S. for a three-day leadership development seminar held during the summer at Cargill Global Headquarters in Minneapolis. During the seminar, Medina and his fellow scholars received training in a variety of business and leadership skills, toured Cargill’s Food Innovation Center, volunteered with a nonprofit organization supporting families impacted by homelessness, and met the Cargill business leaders who will serve as their mentors for the next year.

https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/

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Emily Freiburger (Global Studies major/German minor) is featured on Journalstandard.com for her study abroad program and achievements.  Emily completed all three German-speaking program core courses for advanced students, GER 205 and on International Marketing course at WU. She will return to Austria in September for her Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship. Congrats, Emily!  

https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20190627/highland-graduate-takes-studies-abroad-for-global-studies

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Ryan Mills is embarking on a journey to Dalian, China where he will study a years worth of advanced Chinese in 8 weeks. He is the recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship which is a fully funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities.  Here is a press release about Ryan: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/792720 

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Global Studies graduate, Taylor Jennings, published an article in Q Magazine, a publications for the Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Writing on campus. Her article is about fresh water issues in the world.  Here is article titled, A Clear Message: https://q.sustainability.illinois.edu/aclearmessage/